Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Or, is it from another
Whether or not the “disk-shape” and “slender rectangular” objects
in Dave Dunford’s photos are UFOs, they sure are strange.
“I can’t say
they’re being piloted by little green men, but they’re UFOs,” said Dunford of
Cadillac. “I saw what I saw — they’re unidentified, they’re flying and they’re
Dunford was photographing
the Cadillac sky on Aug. 27 at about 8:30 p.m. near his residence in Pheasant
Ridge. The self-proclaimed amateur photographer was taking pictures of planes
and the clear blue sky for his self described “deviant art” Web site — and
that’s when he had his first sighting.
“When I brought my camera down, I
noticed something strange and silvery in the sky,” he said. “There had been
several planes in the air, and all had vapor trails. This one had no vapor trail
and, unlike the planes, it made no sound. … It also wasn’t a blimp because there
was no platform for people to stand on.”
Dunford quickly shot a few
frames of the silver object and ran inside his home to tell his family to come
outside. He was in-and-out of his house in less than 10 seconds, but when he
returned outdoors, the object was out of sight, he said.
disappointed, Dunford downloaded the pictures to his computer to see what his
digital photos would reveal.
“I didn’t get as clear of shots as I wanted
to, but you could definitely see the object and tell it wasn’t a plane or
blimp,” he said of his zoomed-in photos.
Dunford’s finger then slipped on
the touchpad of his laptop, and he was “shocked” to discover “three dark
objects” in the sky above the silver UFO.
These three dark objects were
not visible to Dunford when he was outside, but his 4.0 megapixel camera picked
up the images and he was able to see them in an enlarged photo.
three dark objects do not appear in any of the other pictures, even though the
shots were all within about a minute of one another,” he said, noting that the
objects must have been in motion.
After sharing his photos with some
relatives, Dunford’s anonymous relative decided to zoom-in on some of her own
pictures, which were taken near Mitchell Street in July 2006. Dunford calls the
dark, disk-shaped object in his relative’s photos, “one of the best pictures of
a UFO that I’ve ever seen — it’s just amazing.”
According to Dunford, he
considers all other rational options before deciding that the objects are
“I try to debunk my own beliefs before I say anything about it,” he
said. “Before I say anything, I’ll do anything to make sure it’s something to
Dunford said he’s taken numerous photos of planes and birds,
so he knows what to look for in a picture when trying to identify an object in a
photo. He’s also said he’s taken pictures with dust on his camera, so he knows
what dust looks like compared to UFOs. And in the zoomed-in photos, he looks for
3-dimensional objects, light reflecting off the surface, shadows being cast, a
differentiation in color and a “halo” glow in order to deem the images possible
If you wonder why you’ve never seen a UFO, Dunford would simply
tell you, “You probably have.”
“I see (UFOs) because I look,” he said,
noting that most people don’t notice the world around them. “Most peoples’ minds
want to make associations with things that they already know about. The
subconscious doesn’t like to think outside the box and will try and put it
(objects) into something rational — like it could be a plane, blimp or bird. … I
had to look at it (objects) and think, ‘Wait a minute.’ It took a conscious
effort to say, ‘That’s not what I think it is.’”The expert’s
Cadillac News submitted four of what Dunford thought
were the best photos to National UFO Reporting Center’s Web site in order to get
another opinion on whether the objects in Dunford’s pictures are UFOs. Two of
the four photos that were the least blurry were published with this
Peter Davenport, director of National UFO Reporting center said
he inspected the four photos, and said, “none of them, in my opinion, is a photo
of a genuine UFO.”
“Despite the photographer’s apparent belief that he
has ‘UFO’s’ on film, I don’t think the data provided allow a serious-minded
investigator to make that conclusion,” said Davenport, who is more focused on
UFOs in terms of alien aircraft.
Davenport said the photo taken near
Mitchell Street “clearly is a bird … with its wings extended.” In the photo of a
silver, shiny object, Davenport said it’s not a genuine UFO craft from another
world and noted “it’s blurry, it’s too far away in distance, and it’s
indistinct.” He also stated that Dunford’s photo of “three dark objects” is too
blurry to gather enough information to determine that they are alien
Noting that photos of genuine alien craft are “extremely rare,”
Davenport estimated that one out of every 1,000 photos sent to his center is a
genuine UFO photo.
“I have seen probably not more that half a dozen
(photos of genuine UFOs) in the 13 years that I have served as director of the
National UFO Reporting Center,” he said.
While there is no one test for
deciding whether an object is a UFO, Davenport holds strong to his belief that
the Dunford’s photographs are not genuine UFOs.
“There’s no test that is
definitive,” he said. “I cannot certify that they are not UFOs … but in the
final analysis I assume they are not.”Airport and police
In some of Dunford’s photographs — whether they were UFOs
or not — there were clearly objects in the sky.
If the objects were
planes, John Jenkins, airport attendant at Wexford County Airport, said it could
simply be the case that planes were in the air, but weren’t logged on Aug. 27;
he also noted that no UFOs were reported on that date.
The only thing
Cadillac’s airport would’ve tracked is if a plane had radioed the airport or if
a plane landed at the airport and checked-in, Jenkins said. Pilots are not
required to check-in at the Cadillac airport, and if it was after 5 p.m., there
are no employees there to witness whether a pilot had landed and checked-in
their plane, Jenkins added.
The operations manager of Minneapolis Air
Route Traffic Control Center, whose traffic control center supervises Wexford
County Airport, also said nobody at his station remembers anything about planes
or UFOs being logged on that day; normally pilots won’t log anything “because
it’s paper, and he’s not required to,” he said.
spokeswoman for Federal Aviation Administration, said there haven’t been any
recent unusual sightings near the Cadillac area. But with 6,000 planes flying
over the U.S. at a given time, she said the sky gets pretty
“There’s going to be aircraft at any given time flying over
your (Cadillac’s) area, and they’re not always logged,” said Cory, referring to
the notion that the objects may simply be planes that haven’t been
And according to Jenkins, the silver, shiny rectangular object
Dunford saw could’ve been a low-flying plane.
Planes that fly at very
high altitudes will leave vapor trails because the air is colder at higher
elevations and the exhaust from the plane is hot, which creates the vapor trail,
Jenkins said. However, if a plane is flying closer to the earth, the plane may
not have a vapor trail, because the air temperature is warmer. Jenkins also
added, “it’s not unusual for a plane not to make a lot of noise.”
County Sheriff Gary Finstrom said there were no reports regarding UFO sightings
in Cadillac’s area on Aug. 27; Finstrom also has been an officer for 30 years
and does not recall any reports of UFO sightings in the area. Michigan State
Police Sgt. Sergeant Michael Salasky also said he didn’t receive any reports
regarding sightings on Aug. 27; Salasky also has no knowledge of reported UFO
sightings while he’s been in office for the past 20 years.
If there are
aliens manning saucers in Cadillac’s sky, it seems they’re just like their buddy
E.T. and want to go home, because police and traffic control centers in our area
have not recently logged any UFO sightings.
But while there may not be
any official documents of UFOs in our area, National UFO Reporting Center’s Web
site shows there has been 1,080 reported sightings in Michigan to this date.
With a total of 1,080 reported sightings, Michigan is currently ranked No. 10
out of a total of 69 states and provinces in North America. According to the Web
site there have been nine sightings in the greater Cadillac area; the most
recent sighting in our area was in Evart on approximately Aug. 27, 2006 at 1
a.m. two miles from M-115 on M-66 northeast of Evart. The report detailed a
person witnessing an object that looked like a satellite, which turned very
bright then went out of sight.
If any aliens are reading this, Dunford
has a message for you.
“Come closer, I want a better shot of you!” he
said.UFO Cadillac MichiganUFO Cadillac